I actually remember reading the novel “Brotherhood of the Rose” by David Morrell during my reading binges of the ’80s, when I practically devoured every spy novel I could find, having developed a rabid taste for the genre via Robert Ludlum’s “Bourne” novels. I also remembered looking forward to and liking the mini-series based on the book, although I can’t really recall what it was about — the mini-series or the book, except it had something to do with two talented spies/assassins who ends up having to come back to the profession after they’re targeted by someone. In any case, Warner Brothers apparently thinks the book is prime for a movie version, because they have secured movie rights to “Brotherhood of the Rose”.
Here’s a better description of the novel from Amazon.com:
They were orphans, Chris and Saul — raised in a Philadelphia school for boys, bonded by friendship, and devoted to a mysterious man called Eliot. He visited them and brought them candy. He treated them like sons. He trained them to be assassins. Now he is trying desperately to have them killed. Spanning the globe, here is an astonishing novel of fierce loyalty and violent betrayal, of murders planned and coolly executed, of revenge bitterly, urgently desired.
Oooh, the guy who raised them tried to have them killed. Why? For what purpose? Find out when the movie hits! (Whenever that will be.)
By the way, Morrell was also the writer of “First Blood”, which you may know better as “Rambo”.
The 1989 TV mini-series starred Peter Strauss and David Morse as the two brothers, and Robert Mitchum as the old kook who tries to have them whack.